Abbotsford, Wisconsin

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Abbotsford is a city in Clark and Marathon Counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,956 at the 2000 census. Abbotsford is nicknamed "Wisconsin's First City" due to its alphabetical place on a list of Wisconsin cities.


Abbotsford is located at (44.946716, -90.318333).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.9 km²), all land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,956 people, 817 households, and 516 families residing in the city. The population density was 641.1 people per square mile (247.6/km²). There were 870 housing units at an average density of 285.1/sq mi (110.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.57% White, 0.15% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.99% of the population.

There were 817 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,949, and the median income for a family was $46,058. Males had a median income of $30,650 versus $22,727 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,133. About 1.9% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.


Abbotsford native Drew Kiefer was the last Abbotsford athlete to be named the Marawood Conference Back of the Year in 2003 in Football. Keifer also earned the "Top Rock" award in 2007. This award is given to the best defensive player on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse varsity football team where he has started since his freshman year. In Drew's senior season while playing at Azusa Pacific he led the team with 17 tackles. On tackle number 5, Drew tackled to running back so hard that his facemask got bent out of shape. All these accomplishments are surprising because he was lightly recruited from high school.


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